Tuesday, November 24, 2009
On the homeschool front things are going well. We are considering going it alone next year without the virtual academy and without K12. I'm going to be talking to my friend who has written K-5 curriculum before and see if she can help me pull it together. That has to wait for her to finish with her Law School finals and then the Barbri in February then I will bug her about it. Until then I will pull ideas together of things I'd like to include and have a somewhat organized idea of what I'm thinking of for next year.
Part of the decision to change from K12 is the boy HATES it. He will cry that he hates it and not be happy. I did change things up a bit for 2 weeks there and brought in a guest teacher (my sis) to teach him about animal classification, adaptations and habitat. (She was a bio major in school) We did most everything around that topic and he had a wonderful time. I did not hear once in those 2 weeks about how he HATES COVA. I'm thinking unit studies approach may be what we want to do. I may see if I can do that for the rest of this year. I'll see what we are suppose to cover with History and Science and then tailor the rest to that.
Knitting, since this is still officially a knitting blog. I finished the sweater for the boy and he loves it. The sleeves are too short and the body too wide and I am the most critical of my own knitting. I'm working on a baby sweater set for my bff to give as a shower gift. Need to complete knitting on one bootie and sew both up then sew on buttons and it will be done. I will give it to her on Friday. Then I have 5 pairs of socks to knit up as gifts and my holiday knitting will be as complete as it is going to get.
Maybe next time I'll include pictures but not this time.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I'm working on a sweater for the boy. The Tidewater has been put to bed for awhile. It was too complicated for me to do during vacation. We didn't just sit and hang much. So a top down raglan for the boy was started. He is pleased. I can't tell the difference in the colors he picked but he likes them so I don't really care.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I'm very, very tempted now to cast on the Cable Down Raglan, but I know if I do I will drop the Tidewater like a hot potato and not pick it back up for 2 years. So I'm keep the sweater off the needles so I will finish this project.
The garden is not looking much better I have not gotten the raised beds made and so things are languishing in their pots. Must do that tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
That's how far I am, not very, but I'm very happy with it. Think I can have it done in time to wear to the Washington Coast for our summer vacation? It's cool on the coast in June right? I can wear it and not die of a heat stroke right? Eh I'm taking it anyway.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wanna see the lovely yarn I bought? Well your going to anyway...
Bought this at the first shop, Posh, A Yarn Boutique, it is a lovely shop with a wonderful selection. Unfortunately I was being picky about the yarn I wanted for the Tidewater Wrap (a Ravelry link) She had a fabulous merino/cashmere blend that would Divine. It was also not in colors I wanted to put together. The Tidewater calls for 6 colors and I really wanted them to be mostly in the same family. So I had to walk away without it, but I did find that lovely yarn. It was like foreshadowing or something.
We then made our way to the Lamb Shoppe I think this was my favorite shop. (Well each was my favorite as we were there.) The great thing about the Lamb Shoppe is it has a HUGE selection of yarn, and better yet, it has a coffee bar right there in the shop. So very nice. I had moved on to looking for yarn for the Cable Down Raglan(Ravelry link). I was not happy with what I was finding for the Tidewater. I looked at Brown Sheep Lambs Pride but started thinking that would really limit when I could wear the sweater. It just does not get that cold here most of the time in winter. So I looked at the their Cotton Fleece talked with one of the wonderful women there and decided that would be what I would get.
The color is called peridot and it is a bit greener than the picture, but fairly close. Very happy with it.
Then because the theme had become I get sock yarn everywhere because it doesn't count, I picked this up. I'm not sure when I changed to blues from greens but the color of the day seemed to be blue.
I'm not naming the next shop since I don't have anything nice to say and I didn't even buy sock yarn there.
Finally we drove out to Shower of Flowers which is actually a favorite shop of mine. I love going there, friendly, knowledgeable staff and a ginormous selection of yarn. I finally found the yarn for the Tidewater. We sat on the floor of the shop and looked at all the colors available and decided what to get.
Isn't it pretty. I'm so happy with it. The pattern calls for purple but the purple they had were decidedly blue in hue and I wanted something that would pop. I think the salmon is it. I also bought Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements a US size 1 40inch circ needles, and the coolest button to go with the wrap ever. That picture will have to be for another day though.
All in all a wonderful day of yarn fun.
Monday, May 4, 2009
So let's talk about the knitting and then maybe some of the other things. I finished a hat for a friend and she loved it. I used the Harvard Square Cap (ravelry link) pattern from the Fall 2008 Interweave Knits. I added to i-cord strings to the ears and a sc crochet loop to the top of the hat so she could tie it on as a night cap or tie them up inside the hat to wear during the day. She loved it so I'm happy with what I did.
Also finished the Thorn & Thistle (ravelry again) twinset from Interweave Knits Spring 2006. Well except it wasn't the whole twinset only the tank. I didn't buy enough yarn to knit both. Kind of regret that now, but didn't have the money to buy yarn for both and figured I'd get more wear out the tank than the cardigan. Still true actually. I think I need to knit this again in another color so I have more than one. Thing is I knit it in worsted weight yarn and the pattern calls for DK weight and I'm not sure what to do for the second one I knit. Stick with the same yarn and just pick a different color (used Knit Picks Shine Worsted) or if I should try to find a dk weight yarn and knit it in the 'correct' size for me.
Need to find a new project. I'm going on a yarn crawl for my birthday next Saturday. Very excited, figure I can definately find a new project then. I really need to go through all the yarn in the garage, we have had a mouse infestation this winter/spring and I need to see what is still usable and what needs to be thrown far away for fear of mouse pee. *shudder*
Friday, March 6, 2009
What I'm really asking is which of the sheep you like the most. The plan is to have earthami knits coming off whichever sheep wins the beauty contest. (Yes Heather, the plan is to have it in green, you are absolutely right about that)
The poll is off to the right.
I have no other instructions, although if you have more to say please post in the comments or email me directly.
ETA: The final choice will be re-painted so the fine details will be better and it is good to know if you liked the face on one and the body of another. (thanks Sis)